VOL. 131 | NO. 39 | Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Neil Young, Paul Simon, Modest Mouse Top Beale Street Music Fest Lineup
By Bill Dries
Download 2016 Beale Street Music Festival lineup (PDF, 1.7 MB)
(Memphis in May International Festival)
Neil Young, Beck, Paul Simon, Train and Modest Mouse are among the headliners for the 2016 Beale Street Music Festival, April 29-May 1, in Tom Lee Park.
The lineup of 64 performers over the opening weekend of the month-long Memphis in May International Festival was released to the public Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Of the 64 performers in the lineup, 30 are newcomers to the Beale Street Music Festival lineup.
That includes Young, who is touring with the band Promise of the Real; Simon; Modest Mouse; Meghan Trainor, who recently won the Best New Artist Grammy; and singer, songwriter and choreographer Jason Derulo.
It’s been more than 30 years since Young has played Memphis. His last Memphis show was in July 1983 at the Mid-South Coliseum.
Young is one of four Canadian acts performing as the larger Memphis In May International Festival honors Canada. The other Canadian performers are Barenaked Ladies, singer-songwriter Coleman Hell and blues artist Jack Semple.
The bill also includes Those Pretty Wrongs, the new project of Big Star drummer and Ardent Studios CEO Jody Stephens.
The duo of Stephens and Luther Russell of the Freewheelers is one of 14 local acts at the festival. Among the others are Julien Baker, whose debut studio album, “Sprained Ankle,” was released last year to critical acclaim; Yo Gotti; and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All Stars.
The music festival, in its 40th year, features a wide range of music – from Latino hip-hop veterans Cypress Hill to Americana artist Lucinda Williams to blues rocker Doyle Bramhall II.
For the first time in several years, the lineup does not include a festival performance by Jerry Lee Lewis.
Here is the lineup by each day, topped by the headliners:
Friday, April 29
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Panic! At The Disco
Young The Giant
Trampled By Turtles
Doyle Bramhall II
Ghost Town Blues Band
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes
Terry “Harmonica” Bean
Saturday, April 30
The Front Bottoms
Better Than Ezra
Magic Dick and Shun NG
Blind Mississippi Morris
Larry Long & Rev. Reverend Robert Rev.
Sunday, May 1
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Cold War Kids
The Joy Formidable
The Lone Bellow
Those Pretty Wrongs
Alex Da Ponte
Leo Bud Welch